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    4 Minute Roundup: WikiLeaks Under Attack, Dropped by Amazon

    by Mark Glaser
    December 3, 2010


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    "It's a very strange move by Amazon...and shows that relying on private companies as providers for infrastructure of the open web is a very dangerous thing." - Jay Rosen

    In this week’s 4MR podcast, I talk about the recent release of secret diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks, and how it is viewed by governments, journalists and free speech advocates. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted in Sweden for possible sex crimes, Amazon dropped hosting the documents, and the site has had trouble staying online due to hacker attacks. I spoke with NYU professor Jay Rosen about his views on WikiLeaks, the networked nature of information sharing, and the potential for local WikiLeaks.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Jay Rosen:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here’s a longer discussion of WikiLeaks by Jay Rosen in a recent video:

    Jay Rosen on Wikileaks: “The watchdog press died; we have this instead.” from Jay Rosen on Vimeo.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    State’s Secrets – Special Report at NY Times

    Swedish Court Confirms Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder at NY Times

    WikiLeaks site

    Despite Attacks, WikiLeaks’ Swedish Host Won’t Budge at Forbes

    Bill aimed at WikiLeaks introduced at UPI

    The War on WikiLeaks at CBS News

    WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks at the AP

    Amazon explains WikiLeaks cutoff – Not because of feds at the Seattle Times

    Amazon and WikiLeaks – Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary at the EFF

    Online, the censors are scoring big wins at Salon

    Here are some of the more entertaining responses to our recent poll question about new names for Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism:

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about who you think about WikiLeaks:


    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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